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Karl Bernhardt
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I typically play games with my wife or with friends. Given that many games genres focus on 4-player, I thought wargames might be an option to allow good 2-player functionality.

As a start off I have to say I don't have any wargames. But I have seen some info on BGG about Wings of War. Seems good fun. Card based which appeals, not overtly "wargame" which my wife will like, and relatively short game play time - under an hour.

What do folks in the forum feel? Is Wings of War a good gentle intro to wargames for a newbie? Are there other similar games I should check our before taking the plunge?
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My wife didn't care for Wings of War. The theme did not appeal to her at all.

But she loves Battle Line, which is also card-based but much more abstract (in fact, calling it a wargame at all is a bit of a stretch). It's the closest I've come to getting her to play anything with a military theme.
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Nexus Ops is a good multi player game with a simple but enjoyable wargamish mechanic. It is easy to learn and can be played in under 90 mins.
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WoW could be strongly recommended for this purpose.

It is easy to learn and fun to play. A ton of extra chrome can be added to the basic rules, and this allows the play experience to gain depth as the pilots get more flight time.

However, it might be a good idea to buy a few planes. The miniatures add much to a session, and casual wargame players might find using the generic cards a trifle dull.
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A very good easy to learn game. My wife is not into war games at all but will play this with me...it's the only "war game" she will play with me so to me it says a lot about the wide appeal. Side note, get the minis, she enjoyed playing the game more with the minis. We stick to the basic game but after a bunch of one on ones she actually wants to play with multiple planes.
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There're a couple here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/751175/exciting-wwii-gam...

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Zulu Dawn: Remind your wife that the object of WoW is to shoot you in the back, she'll love playing it then.
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nedzhik wrote:
I typically play games with my wife or with friends. Given that many games genres focus on 4-player, I thought wargames might be an option to allow good 2-player functionality.

As a start off I have to say I don't have any wargames. But I have seen some info on BGG about Wings of War. Seems good fun. Card based which appeals, not overtly "wargame" which my wife will like, and relatively short game play time - under an hour.

What do folks in the forum feel? Is Wings of War a good gentle intro to wargames for a newbie? Are there other similar games I should check our before taking the plunge?


Wings of War was recommended to me by members of this community as a good aircraft based wargame. I tried it and LOVED it. My boys like it too but not as much as I do. It's quick and fun and can be played over and over. Unfortunately the initial investment is significant. I got lucky and found the deluxe starter with minis for $50 from a local store. Otherwise you're shelling out lots more I think.

Highly recommended if you can find it.
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nedzhik wrote:

What do folks in the forum feel? Is Wings of War a good gentle intro to wargames for a newbie? Are there other similar games I should check our before taking the plunge?


For what it is worth, my wife absolutely could not stand Wings of War. She hated trying the spatial element of it of trying to visualize where she would be. More often than once she messed it up with the cards and instead of doing what she wanted, she would put herself right in my sights. She also did not like the measuring aspect, or really anything about the game.

As far as lighter/introductory war games that she does like I can recommend Spearpoint 1943. As long as I take the time to pick out the cards for her, my wife will gladly play this game. While it is not strictly a card game (but has a large card element), my wife is also a fan of Manoeuvre. I think this game is a really good introductory war game. It has wargame staples like a Combat Results Table, Terrain bonuses, and Step Losses in a very easy to understand format.
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SeanXor wrote:

For what it is worth, my wife absolutely could not stand Wings of War. She hated trying the spatial element of it of trying to visualize where she would be. More often than once she messed it up with the cards and instead of doing what she wanted, she would put herself right in my sights. She also did not like the measuring aspect, or really anything about the game.



This was a royal pain in some other WWI air games too.
I'm thinking Blue Max and even Ace-of-Aces. I don't
know about WoW, but in those games, it was largely a
guessing game of where the enemy COULD be, and how to
line up a shot with simultaneous movement (clever though
the systems are).

Wings (probably my favorite WWI game) suffers from it as well
(though I think to a lesser degree). Richtofen's war totally not.
But, the game that IF I could get my head around would cover this
right (I think) is Knights of the Air.
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Perhaps, you could start her off with such? Dogfight; although, 'availability' may 'dissuade' on this some... robot
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Hey, guys!

Thanks for all the advice. I will have to check out all those links.

Agreed, there does seem to be a signifiacnt initial investment required for the game but with the minis it certainly looks an attractive option.
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Or you could start out with Wings.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
Or you could start out with Wings.
:devil:

(just kidding)


Great game. Rules weren't terribly well done though.
 
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